William and Kate attend D-Day Commemorative events in France

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Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, speaks to a soldier in Arromanches-les-Bains, on June 6, 2014, during an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. 
Britain's Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, speaks to World War II veterans in Arromanches-les-Bains, on June 6, 2014, during a tea party event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. 
Britain's Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, speaks to World War II veterans in Arromanches-les-Bains, on June 6, 2014, during a tea party event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. 
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, speaks to World War II veterans in Arromanches-les-Bains, on June 6, 2014, during an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. 
Britain's Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, speaks to World War II veterans in Arromanches-les-Bains, on June 6, 2014, during a tea party event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. 
Britain's Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, speaks to World War II veterans in Arromanches-les-Bains, on June 6, 2014, during a tea party event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. 
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chat as they attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 2014 in Arromanches Les Bains, France. 
Prince William and Duchess Kate applaud as they watch a D-Day veteran march past during the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 2014 in Arromanches Les Bains, France. 
Kate and William chat as they attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 2014 in Arromanches Les Bains, France. 
The Duke and Duchess observe the minutes silence as they attend the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6, 2014 in Arromanches Les Bains, France. 
French President Francois Hollande (R) walks with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as they arrive at the Ouistreham International Ceremony at Sword Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion at Normandy, in Ouistreham, France, June 6, 2014. 
BAYEUX, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Queen Elizabeth ll, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend Bayeux Cemetary during D-Day 70 Commemorations on June 6, 2014 in Bayeux, France. 
BAYEUX, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend a service at Bayeux Cemetary during D-Day 70 Commemorations on June 6, 2014 in Bayeux, France. 
Queen Elizabeth II speaks with President Barack Obama during a group photo of world leaders attending the D-Day 70th Anniversary ceremonies at Chateau de Benouville in Benouville, France, June 6, 2014. 
Queen Elizabeth II speaks with President Barack Obama during a group photo of world leaders attending the D-Day 70th Anniversary ceremonies at Chateau de Benouville in Benouville, France, June 6, 2014. 
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Today marked the 70th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy during World War II – D-Day. The historic date holds so many memories of loss, triumph, power and success during a war that terrorized the world. On this momentous day, seven decades later, many heads of state and political officials gathered to commemorate the events and pay respect to veterans, fallen soldiers, and today's servicemen.

The 70th Anniversary Of The D-Day Landings Are Commemorated
The British Royal Family scheduled dozens of events in France for the events. Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, along with Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, began their visit in France yesterday. Today, William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in Arromanches to carry out two public engagements.

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Earlier in the day, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, and Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall attended numerous commemorative events, including a service at Sword Beach attended by all the major Heads of State and World Leaders. It was an incredibly moving morning of remembrance and reflection.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Arromanches, a small town 20 miles west of Sword Beach, shortly after 5PM local time. Arromanches became an extremely important area during the Normandy invasions, acting as a temporary, artificial harbor used to unload heavy equipment. The Duke and Duchess visited the area to meet with veterans, celebrate their amazing triumph, and pay respect to the fallen soldiers.
The first event of the day was, most charmingly, a tea party. The tea party was held in honor of the veterans who attended, giving the Duke and Duchess a chance to thank them for their services on an official level. William and Catherine were greeted upon arrival by children bearing posies and smiles before enjoying tea al fresco.

The Duchess of Cambridge was seated next to a former British soldier and they had a great chance to chat. He had many stories to tell, and both Catherine and the veteran looked delighted to be there. William knelt on his knees to speak with the soldiers and hear their stories. We can only imagine how moving and special those conversations must have been for the Duke and the veterans.

While the focus of the day is on the veterans, we know many readers are interested in Kate's attire. Catherine wore a bespoke French blue coat by Alexander McQueen, seen previously in New Zealand on the Royal Tour, with a Locke & Co hat. The entire outfit has been seen before, ensuring that the focus of the day remained where it belongs – on our veterans.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many men and women who have served our countries and our world in the pursuit of peace. Your sacrifice through the course of history has not gone unnoticed, and will never be forgotten. Thank you.
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